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Centralia Man Facing Drug, Gun Charges Following Saturday Incident in Mt. Vernon

MT. VERNON – A 35-year-old Centralia man is in the Jefferson County Jail following his arrest Saturday in Mt. Vernon on multiple charges.

According to the Mt. Vernon Police Department, just after midnight Saturday, a Mt. Vernon officer initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle after observing it commit traffic violations.

The officer removed the driver from the vehicle and began performing field sobriety testing the passenger — Anthony J.G. Barnes – who entered the driver’s seat and began attempting to flee in the vehicle.

A backup officer was able to approach the vehicle and prevent Barnes from driving off. But Barnes began battering the officer and fled on foot. A foot pursuit was initiated, and officers were able to catch him after a short foot pursuit.

Barnes reportedly continued to resist arrest, but officers were able to take him into custody.

During a search of Barnes, officers located a loaded handgun, cannabis, and methamphetamine. Barnes refused to provide his name, but officers were eventually able to determine his identity.

It was determined Barnes was currently on parole from the Illinois Department of Corrections.

He was ultimately taken to the Jefferson County Jail on charges of Resisting Arrest, Aggravated Battery to a Police Officer, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Possession of between 5 and 15 Grams of Methamphetamine with Intent to Deliver in a Protected Zone, Armed Violence, and Armed Habitual Criminal.

Additionally, the Illinois Department of Corrections issued a parole violation warrant for Barnes. Barnes has no bond.

The original driver of the vehicle was also charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol.